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21 November 2018

MORECAMBE crashed out of the FA Cup as they went down to National League side Halifax at the Shay.

With a second round tie against AFC Wimbledon and more than £110,000 in prize money up for grabs the Shrimps failed to perform and they failed to score against the Shaymen for the second time.

Halifax took the game thanks to the only goal of the game from Cameron King on 12 minutes.

The midfielder ran straight at the Morecambe defence and turned past Steven Old before drilling a low shot past Mark Halstead.

The home side went on to dominate the first half from there and thought they had a second goal on 24 minutes when Matty Kosylo found the target from close range from Matty Brown's header only to see his effort ruled out through a late offside flag.

The home side continued to look the more threatening side with Ryan Sellers seeing a right wing corner strike the crossbar and Halstead saving well from Josh Staunton and Kosylo.

Morecambe's only real effort of note came from a long range Jordan Cranston shot that was well saved by Sam Johnson.

The Shrimps started the second half on the front foot with Rhys Oates flashing a shot just over the bar from the edge of the area.

It proved to be a rare moment of inspiration from the league side as Halifax looked comfortable and almost added a second on 51 minutes when Matty Brown headed a Dayle Southwell corner just wide.

Morecambe dominated the possession for the remainder of the game but Halifax defended superbly with Nathan Clarke producing a fantastic block from Aaron Wildig's effort before Shrimps' substitute Kevin Ellison almost snatched a dramatic equaliser with the last kick of the game with an overhead kick that went inches wide.

It was to prove to be a rare moment of threat on a miserable night for the Shrimps who were once again left thinking what might have been in the FA Cup.

Halifax: Johnson, Hanson, Clarke, Brown, Sellers, Preston, (rep Odelusi 90), King, Maher, Staunton, Kosylo, Southwell (rep Edwards 87). Subs not used: Rowley, Duckworth, Lenighan, McLeod.

Morecambe: Halstead, Mills, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Wildig (rep Oswell 77), Cranston (rep Tutte 57), Mandeville, Leitch-Smith, Oates (rep Ellison 77), Oliver. Subs not used:Szczepaniak, Kenyon, Thompson, Yarney.

Ref: M Coy.

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